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The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) recently confirmed EAS as a Trusted Consulting Partner for their member organizations. As a Trusted Partner EAS assists GRMA member suppliers and vendors with regulatory operational support. Acceptance into the Trusted Partner program is through rigorous assessment including years of industry experience, having a reputable and proven track record, being an active educational contributor to the industry, adherence to GRMA’s Code of Ethics as well as meeting all GRMA training requirements.

In addition to the trusted partner program, Allyn Shultis, GRMA’s new Executive Director, has looked to advance the organization’s mission of Advancing Global Quality and Safety Together through a Virtual Summit Series – themed “A Virtual Leap Forward.” The series helps provide the industry with several tools and resources given the challenges and marketplace changes facing the industry due to COVID-19. This series also enables thought leaders to share how technology is advancing both quality and compliance activities.

Join EAS and GRMA on October 20 from 1:30-3:30 eastern for a complimentary webinar on How to Prepare for and Manage and FDA Inspection During COVID-19 presented by Tara Lin Couch, Ph.D. Senior Director for Dietary Supplement and Tobacco Services and Bryan Coleman, Senior Director for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Services. Register via the Plenary Session Registration Link https://grmalliance.org/product/plenary-session-a-la-carte/ and select the October 20th session from the drop-down box. Use Promo Code – GRMAOCT.

As a Trusted Partner of GRMA, EAS is an active participant in GRMA’s Virtual/Remote Auditing Process whereby GRMA has established a framework for approved Certification Bodies (CBs) to conduct virtual certification audits that meets Retailer compliance needs during the pandemic. Additionally, this framework allows for ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) to evaluate virtual/remote auditing during the pilot accreditation process. To find out more information on how you can become a GRMA member and take advantage of virtual/remote compliance auditing for 2020 & 2021 visit https://grmalliance.org/membership/.

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) is a global nonprofit Certification Program Owner (CPO) with members from most major retailers, manufacturers, trade associations and certification bodies. The alliance was formed to develop an auditing scheme that utilized consensus-based quality system standards for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) through the American National Standards (ANSI now ANAB) process in several Health & Wellness related industries. As a CPO, we provide an additional layer of oversight to our partner Certification Bodies to improve consumer confidence and are committed to:

  • Strengthening safety, quality, and trust throughout the supply chain
  • Ensuring consistency and proper training of auditors
  • Reducing the number of audits and financial costs associated with audits
  • Combining regulatory requirements and retailer quality requirements
  • Having all certifying bodies able to certify to the new standards

Posted in Cosmetics, Dietary Supplements, Drugs, EAS in Action, Medical Devices.